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Today's Blogger: Kallan Kennedy
Halloween- the very name conjures up all sorts of delicious thoughts.. ghosts, goblins, ghoulies of all sorts.. treats, comfort, and for many of us, honoring the dead. As a resident of one of the oldest states in our union, I love all of the stories of haunted places here. I am only selecting a few of these, as volumes can and have been written on the numerous haunting throughout Maryland
The Susquehanna Indians lived in this area long before Europeans came to settle here. It is no wonder that we have such wonderful stories and hauntings to share. These stories are either well-known in Maryland or personal experiences from me and/or my family members.
A little about my state:
Nicknames: The Old Line State. Also known as The Free State, The Cockade State, The Oyster State and The Queen State
Formed: Charter given from Charles I to Lord Baltimore in 1632; it was the 7th state to enter the Union in 1788.
Named: Maryland in honor of Henrietta Maria (queen of Charles I of England)
Known for: Crabs, Oysters, Old Bay, The Star-Spangled Banner (Francis Scott Key was born here), Edgar Allen Poe and John Wilkes Booth.
Sports teams: The Baltimore Ravens (football) and The Baltimore Orioles (baseball)
Haunted: In a 1993 article in the Washington Post, reporter David Montgomery makes the observation that “The State of Maryland is the single largest local owner of haunted real estate”.
Built in the 1800’s, this is the last covered bridge standing in Harford County. It is also just a few hundred feet from the 242 year old Jerusalem Mill, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The bridge itself is nearly 90 feet in length and about 15 feet wide. It’s completely made of wood and I can tell you from personal experience that the word ‘rickety’ is kind when driving through it. Legend has it that slaves were once hanged from its rafters during the Civil War. Maryland, while being a Union state, was very sympathetic to the South, and many nightriders captured and sold back into slavery those that made their way along the Underground Railroad. Hundreds of personal encounters have been recorded there.
The most common is that when driving through the bridge, if one looks in the rearview mirror, one can see a body hanging from the rafters. There have also been sightings of women in “old-fashioned” clothing walking around the bridge area, only to disappear upon closer looks. In the interest of ‘fair reporting’, I’d like to point out that at the Jericho Mill on weekends, there are a lot of re-enactments that go on, and women dressed in old fashioned clothing would be common.
I have personally never seen either of these, but one of my family members did see a man in a black hooded cloak run out in front of their car in the middle of the night just before they crossed the bridge, and then he disappeared.
I've had an eerie experience at the bridge one evening. It was a few years ago at dusk, and a friend had taken me to the bridge to show it to me. As we pulled up in my car (probably 50 feet from the actual bridge) a fog appeared out of nowhere and enveloped the road to about 4 feet in height and covered the area all around the bridge. We slowly pulled up into the bridge and drove across, turned around and returned across the bridge.. the fog seemed to follow us ( and the temperature dropped drastically during this time as well) until we came through the bridge and to the Jerusalem/Jericho road crossing. As we looked back.. the fog had completely disappeared, as if it had never been there. Needless to say, we were a little creeped out by it ;)
There are two ghostly tales on Bottom Road, which runs through several areas of Harford County and into Baltimore County, and there is a bridge over the Little Gunpowder River on Bottom Road.
The first tale involves the sighting of a little girl (ages have been reported from 4-7) at the narrow end of Bottom Road in a torn, bloody dress, holding a bloody teddy bear and crying. The sight is so startling that most travelers who have seen it, have actually stopped to help the little girl and when they do, she disappears.
The second is located at a certain area of Bottom Road where one must stop the car. At this point, once the car stops, everyone in the car gets the sensation that they are going backwards, even though the car is stopped on a flat road with no earthly reason for this sensation to occur.
Havre De Grace
As noted earlier, Havre De Grace was almost the site of the nation’s capital. It has a long, rich history as a town. There are so many ghost stories in relation to the town that every year, the historical society does a Haunted Havre De Grace walking tour. Having personally taken this tour, I must say I’ve never seen anything ghostly (yet!), but the experience and the history lessons are well worth the 12.00 admission fee.
John Wilkes Booth
Yes, that’s right. The infamous killer of President Abraham Lincoln was born and raised up just a few miles from me. His home, called Tudor Hall is located in Churchville Maryland. Legend has it that JWB was actually never caught and that his alleged killing was reported to appease the American people. Some say he escaped to the Mid-west, where he lived a long life into old age. Others say he was killed and that he now haunts the grounds of his childhood home. Regardless, there is a tombstone in his family’s plot in Green Mount Cemetery in Baltimore, which is the most-photographed in the site’s history.
Edgar Allen Poe
What kind of Marylander would I be if I didn’t at least give nod to one of the most Halloween-y Poets to ever live? Well, I’d at least be disowned by my youngest daughter, who is an absolutely Poe devotee. For those who aren’t aware, many cities like to lay claim to this literary icon. New York, Philadelphia, Richmond were all places where he lived and worked. But, Baltimore is the city of this amazing author’s death and burial. There is an annual Poe festival which offers tours of his home (The Poe House) and of course, we have the Poe Society which cares for his letters and memorabilia. But of course, the most famous legend surrounding him is the one of the Poe Toaster. Every January 19 since 1949, someone (and no one has never known who) leaves a special present at the author’s gravesite sometime between midnight and 6am. Three red roses and a bottle of cognac were left at the foot of Poe’s grave. The man has always dressed in black with a white scarf that covers his face.
On January 19, 2010, our visitor did not show. No one is sure why the tradition started nor why he has not shown since. Speculations are that whomever he was, he may have passed through the veil and is sipping cognac with his favorite poet there.
Have you ever had a haunted experience? Tell us about it in the comments!
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Song of the Day with Jennifer Rasmussen
In honor of EAP, we give you Omnia's The Raven
Today's Recipe with Autumn Earthsong
HALLOWEEN MUDDY BUDDIES MIX
1 cup of Halloween Nestle chocolate chips, with the brown and orange chips divided
1/2 cup peanut butter, divided
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar, divided
1 bag of Reese’s Pieces (pick out the orange and yellow ones)
9 cups of Chex cereal, divided
1/4 cup butter, divided
Melt your brown chocolate chips, 1/4 cup peanut butter, and 1/8 cup butter in a microwave safe bowl for 1 minute, then stir. Cook for an additional minute, then stir until completely creamy. Pour 4.5 cups Chex cereal into a gallon-sized Ziploc bag and pour the chocolate mixture over it and seal, then shake gently until all of the cereal is evenly coated. Then pour it into a new gallon-sized Ziploc bag and pour 3/4 cup of the powdered sugar and seal, shaking gently until all of the cereal is evenly coated in the sugar.
Repeat with the orange chocolate chips.
Pour each bag onto a baking sheet lined with wax paper and refrigerate for about 20 minutes to set. Then toss into a large bowl, add in your Reese’s Pieces and mix well!
CORNY CARAMEL CORN MIX
2 cups salted cashews or peanuts
1-1/2 cups candy corn
1/3 cup raisins
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Store in an airtight container.
Makes about 2 quarts
The kids will love helping you shake the bags! Let them be involved! Enjoy!
Blessings and Love,
Autumn Earthsong is back for the 3rd year as our resident Kitchen Witch. You may have seen her recipes in Imramma Magazine and The Sunday Stew as well. Autumn has been a practicing Witch for 17 years and hails from Ohio. She is a wife, mother of two, and Nana to three busy little grandchildren. Samhain is a favorite time of year for her….with her name indicating what Season she loves! Cooking for family and friends this time of year is also a joy…..Especially this time of year! Hearth, Fire, love of family and good food is how she brings Magick to her home. You can also find her blogging at www.autumnearthsong.com. She looks forward to sharing her recipes with you all and hopes that you have a very Blessed Samhain Season!
Stones and Crystals with Jennifer Hodgson
Amethyst is the official birthstone for the month of February. This crystal come in many shades of purple ranging from a deep purple all the way to a very light purple.
Legend says that Amethyst is used to guard against drunkenness and to help with overcoming addiction. Which is why this is also known as a sobriety stone.
Also a great stone for healers. Helps with insomnia and headaches as well as other disorders.
Amethyst is also used for dreams, healing, peace, love, courage, psychic development, protection against thieves, and happiness.
Today's Giveaway from author and warlock Christian Day!
The Witches' Book of the Dead, signed by the author!
Witches are creatures of magic. They cast spells, heal, and foretell the future. What you might not know is that Witches can also commune with the spirits of the dead.
In The Witches' Book of the Dead, modern-day Salem Warlock Christian Day shows how the spirits of our beloved dead can be summoned to perform such tasks as helping you to discover hidden opportunities, influence the minds of others, seduce the object of your affection, and even reach into the dreams of the unwary. According to legend, the Spirits of the dead can confer magical talents, fame, love, and wealth on those brave enough to summon them.
The Witches' Book of the Dead explores the enduring relationship between witches and the dead and teaches rituals and incantations to help readers open doorways to the spirit world.
- Legendary Witches who have raised the dead, including The Witch of Endor, Circe, and Erichtho
- Creating ancestral altars and building relationships with spirits
- The tools of Necromancy: the bronze dagger, yew wand, iron keys, graveyard dust, the offering cauldron, spirit powders, the human skull, and more.
- Methods of spirit contact, including automatic writing, scrying mirrors, spirit boards, pendulums, and spirit mediumship
- The ancient arts of necromancy as a method of conjuring the dead to assist in magic
- Ridding yourself of unwanted spirits using rituals of cleansing, banishing and exorcism
- Ghost hunting techniques that combine psychic wisdom with modern technology
- Communing with the dead in dreams
- Sacred holidays and powerful celebrations of the dead
- Resources on where to ethically obtain the tools of the trade
- An overview of the feared deities of the Underworld
- Rituals, recipes, exercises, and more!
Dare to walk between the worlds with Christian Day as he guides you across the River Styx into the shadowy realms where the dead long to connect with us once more!
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Who was the first Canadian woman in space, flying aboard the American space shuttle Discovery from Jan. 22 to 30, 1992?
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